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sickly

[ sik-lee ]
/ ˈsɪk li /
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adjective, sick·li·er, sick·li·est.

adverb

in a sick or sickly manner.

verb (used with object), sick·lied, sick·ly·ing.

to cover with a sickly hue.

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Origin of sickly

1300–50; Middle English siklich, sekly (adj.). See sick1, -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM sickly

sick·li·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sickly

sickly
/ (ˈsɪklɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
of, relating to, or caused by sickness
(of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
(of light or colour) faint or feeble
mawkish; insipidsickly affectation

adverb

in a sick or sickly manner

Derived forms of sickly

sickliness, noun
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